The company didn't immediately give an explanation for
The audience for the call included technical experts at airlines that fly the MAX. The first item on the agenda was to review differences in flight control systems between the MAX and its predecessor 737 model, called the NG or next generation, according to people briefed on plans for the call.
Pilots for U.S. airlines have complained that they were not told about a new feature in the MAX that could pitch the nose down sharply if sensors indicate that the plane is about to stall.
"Boeing has been and continues to engage with our customers. We continue to schedule meetings to share information," said Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers. He declined to say why Tuesday's call was
Indonesian investigators are examining whether a new anti-stall system in the MAX played a role in the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air jet shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. The plane flew erratically before plunging into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.
CFRA Research analyst Jim Corridore said
A spokeswoman for Southwest said Boeing did not give a reason for
A spokesman for American said the airline would continue to work with Boeing and the FAA. United did not immediately comment.
Through October, Boeing had delivered 241 MAX planes to airlines and taken orders for nearly 4,800.
The new system can point the nose of the plane down sharply if sensors detect that the plane may be about to enter an aerodynamic stall. Investigators in the Lion Air crash say the plane received faulty readings from so-called angle-of-attack sensors, which track whether the nose is pointed up, down or level, and they are probing whether the bad data caused the nose of the plane to pitch down automatically.
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David Koenig, The Associated Press